When did I pull a rip-van-winkle? All hams should know how to solder and I have never seen any ham kits, leaded component or surface mount that could not be put together by a beginner. My 90 year old ham father in law and my young children both do surface mount kits and they never said they couldn't do it they just jumped in and learned how to solder.
Thanks Jon and Frensicpic for helpful answers. MM your answer was unwelcome and unwarranted. I work as a nurse practitioner with clients with severe end stage dementia. Could you do that? We all have skills, soldering isnt one of mine!!
By the way, I've bought an X1M Platinum. Very good for the price
I would save the shekels and try and find a nice used FT817ND. I love mine. I took it to Marconi Beach up in Cape Cod and had a blast talking to Europe using an Outbacker Joey. Don't feel bad; my soldering skills ain't that great either! :lol: